Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower-> Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Let It Grow-> Althea, Easy To Love You, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Drums -> NFA -> Black Peter -> Around & Around -> JB Goode E: Don't Ease
June 9, 2021 Subject:
Check out the Estimated Prophet (if nothing else) and the Althea!
I found this show during my seemingly interminable quest to find that "perfect" Sailor > Saint I used to have a copy of as a teenager. (This one isn't it.)
Estimated Prophet sung by Weir in a distinctively *intense* way, as if he's REALLY in-character on this version. Slight slurring of words, especially attacking the lyrics to a degree it made my heard turn. I guess it could be the coke.... but whatever the reason, Bobby is really nailing the words in this version. (Side note: Jerry seems to want to transition from the outro jam kinda early, but ends up keeping on for another 3+ minutes which is cool. These jams are really the most truly improvisitory segments (barring Space) of this time period, especially when they make a real transition/jam instead of one of those 5-second "transitions")
Also of note is the very good Franklin's, which "true-segues" into Mama Tried, and then Mexicali. I also liked the Let it Grow > Althea, which I think is a relatively rare combo. (The Althea is laid-back and tight as fugg, the early years being my favorite period of this song-- Garcia still stretching out the inter-verse solos, and not rushing the tempo)
Garcia is strong in this show, both playing and singing. Brent's "Easy to Love You" is still young but already quite passionate. The whole show is really quite good, something to listen to the whole way through. Compared to any show from 1992 onwards, this would definitely be a 5-star show. As it is, I'm rating it 4-stars because it is more than very solid, it is engaging in its entirety if not mind-blowing like peak Primal Dead--- but that's a hard legacy to live up to.
Would I listen to this show again? Yes, yes I would.
(The Other One is also very good.
Song list: A
Performance (vocal/instrumental): A
In summary, this is a very very good show and it's closer to a 5 than a 3, even though I'm giving it a 4 because there are no brain-meltdown moments. Gotta save room to dessert, gnome sayin?
February 24, 2008 Subject:
The 2nd night...
The sound was off the first night and it starts off tonight too. Jack straw was nice, it had energy but Jerry's picking was 'muffled' as in he hits the notes but they aren't too clean.
Franklin seems a little better, sound wise. By the middle of the song, everything is a go and Jerry jams it out.
Althea again, is slow, the previous night's version is a little better, in my opinion.
The Black Peter is nice...
December 1, 2006 Subject:
newminglewood is right
I don't know what version you other fans are listening too, but this is f-ing top notch. The boys put on a SICK show and the sound of this SBD is crispy clear, typical 1980 Grateful Dead. This "Franklin's Tower" is special. Jerry is just slipping all over the fret board with ease and grace. Beautiful stuff here. Do NOT pass this up.
FYI - You can download a pretty damn good copy of this show at www.gdlive.net. Peace out brothers and sisters.
August 16, 2006 Subject:
Great Show, underrated
This show does not deserve a 3 and a half star avge rating. It is a very good soundboard with no flaws that I could detect and a spirited performance by the boys. Please do not pass this one up.
March 23, 2005 Subject:
The SBD sounds good, not the greatest. It's worth a listen.
This run of shows from Alaska was among the first of the tapes that I ever acquired as a newbie back in the day. It sounded terrible, but I listened intently anyway.
This is a nice SBD, very clean vocals, altho certain things like hi-hat and bassdrum are a tad overpowering at times. The song selection is solid, Sailor>Saint is superb as always. This performance comes recommended, at least for a stream.